badbreads (jays) yay I got a bigger tank but its still small because I rent tank

Discussion in 'Tank Journals' started by badbread, Nov 9, 2008.

  1. mckevinfang

    mckevinfang Guest

    WOW :eek: your tank looks AWESOME!! absolutely love it!! ;D
     
  2. badbread

    badbread Guest

    Thanks Kevin, was nice meeting you. Hope you enjoy the frags (and the pistol shrimp) !!! :)

    Mike, so I was able to sniff out the paralel port data, export it, etc.. but it's a major PITA. I'm about to decompile that "software" and rebuild the web part of it.

    ** Disclaimer ** The above is a joke, I would never do such a thing ever.

    And, added a bunch of new frags to the tank.

    LPS corner kind of:

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    Suicidal 6-line:
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    Green with pink stripe zoa's:
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    Orange digi monti growing out of what looks like a dead monti skeleton:
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    Blue/Green/Purple Yuma:
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    No idea what this is, anyone know? Minh gave it to me when I picked up those orage monti frags:
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  3. badbread

    badbread Guest

    Been working on getting the PH up in this tank.

    Just started doing a Kalk drip for 2 minutes every 1 hour in hopes of keeping the PH up. 1 gallon kalk resorvoir pumped up with an aqualifter controlled by a Reefkeeper 2.

    A couple new corals in the tank thanks to Neptune aquatics. I absolutely love this one, pictures do not do it justice.
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    It's some type of Monti nodosa and just behind it to the right is a dark yellow with purple polyp encrusting monti.

    And a current FTS taken just tonight:
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  4. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    What type of pump do you use to drip your kalk?

    Also be careful to note what your calcium & alkalinity levels are while you drip, you might shoot through the roof without realizing it.
     
  5. badbread

    badbread Guest

    Tom's aqualifter, I rubberbanded some filter floss on the end of the intake hose just in case any particulate tried to get through. I also had to plug it in on one of those dedicated relay receptacles on the RK2 power strip as even when the controller said it was turned off it was still pumping.

    Will do Mike, thanks! I checked today and my levels were ok so far, it's a very slow drip, probably like a drip every 2 seconds or so. When it's on it raises the PH by about .02
     
  6. Lyn

    Lyn Guest

    Wow Jay,

    Your tank is getting really full! All those new corals look great!

    What is that bubble-like growth on the bottom right frag in the top picture?
     
  7. badbread

    badbread Guest

    So Mike, you were right, my KH is tanking fast.

    I check twice tonight and verified with the calibration solution and my KH is at 7. Calcium is at about 420ppm, checked twice.

    What should I do now? What's the best way to raise KH? Should I start doing a 2-part?

    I'm about to cook up about a pound of baking soda now and going off to buy a 1 gallon jug as well.
     
  8. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    I wouldn't worry too much, according to one of the reef chem calculators, the balanced calcium for a dkH of 7 is 410.

    However if your dKh dropped from a higher number that means your tank is taking it up faster than you're putting it in, in which case a 2 part solution would be ideal. FYI if you have a good amount of stonies in the tank you'll never keep up with the demands by only dripping kalk.
     
  9. badbread

    badbread Guest

    More pictures:

    Sergio's red and green thing attacking a favia colony:
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    FTS with different White Balances:
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    FTS with different White Balances:
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    Couple pieces from Neptune Aquatics:
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    Close up:
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    Red blasto colony still healing up:
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    Stand:
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    Inside stand:
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    Laptop running RK2 and webcams:
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    Kalk and ATO:
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  10. robert4025

    robert4025 Sponsor

    Wow Jay...really nice stuff! Amazing selection in an itty bitty little box! Some of your larger colonies looks like they're screaming "frag me!"...lol.
     
  11. Lyn

    Lyn Guest

    Ouch! Sergio's red/green Acans (?) are mean! I have never seen that before. Thanks for posting so I know what to look out for.

    Question about your red Blastos. Did you get them like that or did they get injured somehow? Also, when you fragged them, was it easy to cut off one polyp? It looks like the red blasto is more separated than the red/orange and green ones. I have yet to frag a LPS, but thought this one might be the easiest to start with since the polyps seem separate. How deep did you cut into the skeleton?
     
  12. badbread

    badbread Guest

    The colony was pretty damaged when I got it, actually it hasn't changed much now that I look at some older pictures. I thought maybe those areas where the mouth was seperated from the skirts(rest of it) would die off but it hasn't.

    It was very easy to frag as there were 2 heads alive on the "dead" side. I think these might be pretty easy to frag because when you piss it off or move it the heads really retract into the skeleton.
     
  13. Lyn

    Lyn Guest

    Did you have to take the complete lower part of the skeleton off? The piece I have sits on a very deep rock. How much depth (in mm) do you think I should give it?

    Also, have you tried feeding the injured polyps?
     
  14. badbread

    badbread Guest

    Not sure Lyn, the piece I fragged off for Levi (which I still have Levi!!!) was off on its own so I just cracked the whole side of the rock off.

    I haven't, good call, I'm going to try that next feeding.
     
  15. badbread

    badbread Guest

    Some more pics:

    Frag swap bounty:

    Labeled Flower petal Monti originally from Tyree
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    Labeled Lime in the Sky Acro:
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    [img width=750 height=1000]http://badbread.net/mb/fishtank/IMG_5306.JPG[/img]

    BAR chalice:
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    [img width=1000 height=750]http://badbread.net/mb/fishtank/IMG_5330.JPG[/img]

    [img width=750 height=1000]http://badbread.net/mb/fishtank/IMG_5329.JPG[/img]
     
  16. badbread

    badbread Guest

    Some random pics, I think these were long exposure moon light shots I was playing with:

    [img width=1000 height=645]http://badbread.net/mb/fishtank/IMG_5212.JPG[/img]

    [img width=1000 height=750]http://badbread.net/mb/fishtank/IMG_5219.JPG[/img]

    [img width=1000 height=750]http://badbread.net/mb/fishtank/IMG_5244.JPG[/img]

    [img width=1000 height=750]http://badbread.net/mb/fishtank/IMG_5245.JPG[/img]

    [img width=750 height=1000]http://badbread.net/mb/fishtank/IMG_5357.JPG[/img]
     
  17. Lyn

    Lyn Guest

    Ooh, I like the funky flourescence...Seems otherworldly. :D

    BTW, did your GF like the cookies?
     
  18. badbread

    badbread Guest

    Kind of got a new camera, ordered a camera for my parents for Christmas, so did my brother, used his because it was better, forgot to return it and now it's to late to return to Amazon.

    We'll start with some FTS attempts:

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    Got my first fungia from Neptune aquatics, it's nothing special but I love this thing, that orange adds so much to the tank:
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    Jeff's zoa's and some green bay packers soon to be DBTC I hope:
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    Chalice from the swap:
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    Green monti of some sort from Minh's tank in Fremont, the polyps on this thing extend out SOO much:
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    Green acro from the swap starting to encrust:
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    Red blasto recovering from when I got it. Lyn, I did as you suggested and it worked wonderfully!! I started to feed them often and the torn parts of the blasto have now turned into little baby blasto's!!! :)
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    Couple post feeding pics:
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  19. sfsuphysics

    sfsuphysics Supporting Member

    What's with the loc-line going way across the tank, you REALLY want flow on the other side do you? :D
     
  20. badbread

    badbread Guest

    hehe, it usually doesn't look that bad, let me take another pic...

    It's one of those Locline spray bars, does a great job getting flow across the whole back of the tank. Seeing that the MP20 is the only flow other than the returns, i was getting some detritus back behind the rocks, the spray bar fixed that problem... :)
     

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